Karlsschrein (contains the bones of Charlemagne)
Marienschrein (contains the four great Aachen relics: St. Mary’s cloak, Christ’s swaddling clothes, St. John the Baptist’s beheading cloth and Christ’s loincloth)
The Aachen Cathedral was used a coronation church for German Kings and Queens. 30 Kings were crowned here and around 12 Queens. No list existed of the Queens and I had to do a little digging. I hope the list is correct.
- Possibly Edith of England (910 – 946)
- Margaret of Austria (1204 – 1266)
- Anne of Bavaria (1329 – 1353)
- Anna von Schweidnitz (1339 – 1362)
- Sanchia of Provence (1228 – 1261)
- Waldrada (mistress/wife of Lothair II, King of Lotharingia)
- Barbara of Cilli (1392 – 1451)
- Irene Angelina (1181 – 1208)
- Gertrude of Hohenberg (1225 – 1281)
- Imagina of Isenburg- Limburg (1255 – 1313)
- Margaret of Brabant (1276 – 1311)
- Beatrice of Silesia (1290 – 1322)
The church itself is quite beautiful but a lot of it can only be accessed with a guided tour. I accidentally walked into an area I wasn’t allowed in and was quickly shooed back. I believe Charlemagne’s throne is also in one of the restricted areas. It’s a shame as it was not immediately clear where to go to get access.
Entrance is free but it costs 1 euro to take pictures (yes, really) and I assume the guided tours cost money.